Secretary Davin Celebrates Approval of DCED Funding to Support Two Revitalization Projects in City of Bradford

Bradford, PA – Today, on behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin celebrated the approval of $550,000 in funding through the Keystone Communities Program to support two community revitalization projects in Bradford, McKean County.

“The Keystone Communities Program is vital in spurring revitalization and business development in Pennsylvania communities, and Bradford is a perfect example of a forward-looking city that leverages both public and private resources to meet its goals,” said Secretary Davin. “These two projects will make significant impacts in Bradford, helping to construct new homes and upgrade infrastructure and launching a robust façade improvement program.”

Announced May 18, DCED will provide $500,000 to the City of Bradford for two projects that will improve physical conditions in the designated Second Ward neighborhood, including construction of new single-story homes, commercial rehabilitation and restoration, and key infrastructure upgrades. DCED will also award $50,000 to Bradford to implement a façade improvement program in the city’s downtown area, helping to complete at least 10 façades.

“We are very appreciative of the DCED’s continued investment in our community. The award of the two Keystone Community grants will provide the city with the necessary funding to continue the important efforts taking place in the City.” said Sara Andrews, Director of Economic and Community Development for the City of Bradford. “DCED has assisted with grant funding and tax credits to bolster the revitalization efforts taking place in the City. This partnership, along with local private funding partners has enabled Bradford to make great strides in the enhancements of the Second Ward Neighborhood and the City’s downtown historic district.”

Administered by DCED, the Keystone Communities Program is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors in the community, supporting local initiatives that grow and stabilize neighborhoods and communities; ensure social and economic diversity; and enhance the overall quality of life for residents.

The commonwealth strongly encourages community-based organizations, public agencies, business leaders, private developers, financial institutions, and private citizens to work in partnership with local government to develop a comprehensive approach to address community development and housing needs. These partnerships create more attractive places to live and will encourage business and job expansion and retention in Pennsylvania.

DCED Press Office, 717.783.1132

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